Thursday, January 14, 2016

What I’m Watching: Shameless (Season Premiere)

Shameless: Season 6, Episode 1 “I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing” (B+)

It’s always good to have this show back. This episode didn’t feel as depraved as usual necessary, but it was defined by bad choices. We’ve known for a while that Fiona has leadership potential, but she also tends to self-sabotage. Spending plenty of quality time with Sean in an intimate manner suggests that, however qualified she may be for the assistant manager position, it’s clear already from one disgruntled coworker’s reaction that giving her that job wouldn’t be a great idea. Lip getting jealous and beating up Helene’s son was a big mistake that might cost him that relationship, and there was no more awkward moment than when his airheaded overnight guest eagerly said hello to her professor. I look forward to seeing him do more teaching. Ian’s actually in mildly good shape, and he’s even going to prison to visit Mickey, who is being commissioned by his loving wife to stab people in the eye. Debs telling Fiona that she wasn’t pregnant after confirming that she was backfired very quickly when the father’s parents showed up at her house, and this pregnancy is definitely going to be a wild process. Carl’s post-jail status is quite absurd and entertaining, and I’m eager and a little frightened to see what the troublemaker who used to heat up marbles to see what would happen will do now that he’s a hardened ex-con. The bar is doing pretty well with its hipsters enjoying paying a lot and being mistreated, and they’re surviving even with their number one customer down to one 6-oz drink a day when he’s not pretending to be with the love of his life in an inappropriate way at her graveside.

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